On that day in 2011: Virender Sehwag became the second player to achieve the ODI Double Tone
That day in 2011: Virender Sehwag became the first Indian to triple-century in Tests with his brilliant 319 run innings against Pakistan in Multan. Sehwag's style of punching didn't care about the reputation of the bowler or the team before him. So when it came to the first double century in ODIs, many expected it to come from Sehwag's racket, but Sachin Tendulkar surpassed him to set a record against South Africa at Gwalior. But it wasn't long before Sehwag joined his idol in the ODI Double Centurion Club on December 8, 2011.
It was during the 4th ODI of the home series against West Indies in 2011, Sehwag led the team even in the absence of regular captain MS Dhoni. When he won the throw he chose to hit first and what followed was a spectacular show. He got off to a brilliant start, launching a deadly assault on the West Indian bowlers.
He overtook his 50 in just 41 balls and only shifted into higher gears as the game progressed. It only took him 28 more balls to go from 50 to 100. Sehwag popped a 100 in just 69 balls and owned the innings completely. West Indies saw some hope of revival when India lost Gambhir as their first wicket with 176 points.
But Sehwag was in no mercy mode. Though he slowed down a bit while giving number 3 batsman Suresh Raina time to settle in, it wasn't just defense. He moved from 100 to 150 in 43 balls, most of which he had taken for 50 in the innings, and then switched again. On the 140th delivery of his innings, Sehwag cut a line to record his first double ton in ODIs.
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By the time he got out, Sehwag had added 219 runs in just 149 deliveries, which took his team over the total of 400 runs. India finished 419 and it took WI 420 to win. The pressure of the entirety of the West Indian thugs and shortages of Ravindra Jadeja and debutante Rahul Sharma made life difficult for them. Aside from Dinesh Ramadin, the West Indies Batters couldn't fight back and the team was pooled in their run for 265.